This lesson focuses on stress management, with an emphasis on techniques students can use. Students begin by examining ways people cope with stress and distinguish between positive and negative reactions. They review key coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and evaluate which ones they’ve used before. Then they learn about and practice some specific stress-management techniques to identify those that could work best for them.
Time: 45–60 minutes
Note: If time is limited, the assessment activity sheet may be completed as homework.
Healthy Behavior Outcomes
MEH-2: Engage in activities that are mentally and emotionally healthful.
MEH-4: Prevent and manage emotional stress and anxiety in healthy ways.
National Health Education Standards
Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
Performance Indicator 1.12.1: Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
Performance Indicator 1.12.5: Propose ways to reduce or prevent injuries and health problems.
Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
Performance Indicator 7.12.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors that avoid or reduce health risks to self and others.